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Kansas City Sports team presently include the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL's American Conference Western Division; The Kansas City Royals, of MLB's American League Central; The MLS's KC Wizards; the MISL's KC Comets; and the ABA's KC Knights.

Past teams include NBA's Kings (Sacramento Kings), IHL's Blades, NHL's Scouts (New Jersey Devils), MLB's Athletics (Oakland Athletics), the Negro American League's Kansas City Monarchs, and the Kansas City Outlaws of the United Hockey League.

Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. They are in the Central Division of the American League. The Kansas City Royals were purchased as an expansion franchise by pharmaceutical magnate Ewing Kauffman in 1968 and played their first season the following year.

Kansas City Chiefs
The team is owned by Lamar Hunt, who founded the team along with their original league, the American Football League, in 1960. The Dallas Texans, as they were known then, defeated the Houston Oilers in a dramatic 1962 AFL championship which went into double overtime. The Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City in 1963. The name, "Chiefs" was selected by a fan contest, and is derived from the then-Mayor of Kansas City, H. Roe Bartle. Bartle was the founder of the Native American-based honor society known as The Tribe of Mic-O-Say within the Boy Scouts of America organization, which earned him the nickname, "The Chief," and was instumental in persuading Lamar Hunt to move his team to Mid-America. It is said that Hunt actually considered keeping the team name as it was, and playing as the "Kansas City Texans."

Kansas City Wizards
The Kansas City Wizards are Kansas City, Missouri's Major League Soccer (MLS) club. The Wizards won the MLS Cup in 2000, and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2004. They are owned by Lamar Hunt, who also owns the Kansas City Chiefs, F.C. Dallas and the Columbus Crew. On December 9, 2004 Hunt announced plans to sell the team following the 2005 season. They were known as the Kansas City Wiz in 1996. Their home field is Arrowhead Stadium, which they share with the Chiefs. The team's official supporters' group is called the Mystics.

Kansas City Knights
The Kansas City Knights is an American Basketball Association (ABA) team based in Kansas City, Missouri.The team began play in the fall of 2000. The team plays in the Kemper Arena. The Knights won the 2001-02 ABA championship.

Kansas City will also be the home of an Arena Football League team by 2006. To date, this team will be the first team to play at the new Sprint Center when it opens in 2007.

 

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